Erno Rubik, the inventor of the world famous Rubik’s Cube said that “Our whole life is solving puzzles.” Mathematics is a puzzle in itself because of the many ways by which a problem can be solved and the concepts that can be used. Math puzzle games are a veritable supply of enjoyment making learning Math fun.
There are various math motivators that are being used today like board games, card games, math tricks, online games, interactive games and many more but still Math puzzles are one of the easiest and enjoyable learning materials we have around. There are several types of Math puzzles you can choose from but let me discuss first these types.
Math Crossword Puzzles. Just like the standard crossword puzzles we have on the entertainment pages of our daily newspapers, math crossword puzzles have the same basic format like the questions for across or down for a specific number. But of course the difference is that the questions provided are all about Math concepts and the answers are all numbers, no words.
Math Addition. Addition puzzles requires the player to fill in the blanks where the final results or total across and down is the same. This type of puzzle enhances a child’s concepts on addition.
Math Word Search. Just like the ordinary word search puzzles you have to search for the words listed below the puzzle and tag them whether they going vertically, horizontally or diagonally, forward reading or backward. The main difference is that only mathematical terms and concepts are listed for you to find.
Sudoku. This math puzzle and its name was popularized in Japan by Nikoli but the first known puzzle like Sudoku was known as Number Place and was designed by Howard Garns of Indiana. Sudoku is a 9 by 9 grid puzzle that has to be filled with the numbers 1 to 9 using each number only once. Most of the puzzles are already partially filled which makes the filling up of the vacant boxes harder.
Algebra Crossword Puzzles. Just like the Math crossword puzzles, the Algebra crossword puzzles follows the same basic format except that the questions provided are on Algebra lessons and concepts and the answers to these questions can be algebraic equations or expressions.
Any of these math puzzle games would be fun to do alone or with a group but what is important is that these puzzles provides practice and training on math concepts and theories. The satisfaction